A Year of Articulation Calendars

Wow!  I can't believe another year has almost passed!  This has been an amazing year for me.  Thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate my one-year blogiversary last week!

One thing I have done this year, is to re-implement homework with my students.  I had taken a year off of sending home folders, and I really regret doing that.  I have reinstated homework with my students, and I (and their parents) couldn't be happier!  I realize now that the home-school link is so important for carryover and generalization of all speech and language skills.  I guess I always knew that, but after taking the year off of sending homework, I realized how uninformed my students families were about what was going on in the speech room.  Now, I have a direct link home every week with my homework folders. 

I guess one reason I stopped doing homework folders last year was the amount of work I perceived to be involved with them.  I was constantly printing off new pictures and worksheets for students to take home.  Well, for my articulation students, I have a new solution to my perceived problem.  A Year of Articulation Calendars!

These calendars are for the 2014 calendar year, and include all twelve months.  You can print off a month at a time to send home.  I like the students to keep the calendar in their homework folder so that I can see which activities they have completed each week.

Please note, if you have previously purchased my Summer of Speech and Language Calendars, the months of June, July, and August articulation calendars are the same.

The articulation calendars included in this packet are available in either color or black and white.

Here is a little sneak preview of the calendars:

I have also included a sample letter that you could send home, or copy the wording of to make your own letter home.

My summer calendars went over really well with my parents again this year.  I still get compliments on the summer calendars when I meet with parents that I have not seen since the beginning of the year.  I am hoping that you and your parents find these calendars equally useful!

You can find these articulation calendars HERE.

One-Year Blogiversary Celebration!

I can't believe that it has been one year since I started my little speech blog!  I have learned so much over the past year.  Through blogging, I have become more creative and thoughtful with working with my students.  It really has renewed my enthusiasm for therapy!  I have also learned so much more about technology and creating new activities than I ever thought possible.   I have met so many awesome SLP's this year, and their ideas, energy, and wisdom amaze me!  All in all, this year has been AMAZING!

As a thank you to everyone who has supported me over this last year, I decided to do a little celebration.  I am giving away a $25 TpT gift certificate and the winner's choice of 5 items from my store.  You can enter to win this giveaway in the rafflecopter below. 

You can check out my store on TpT HERE to see what you could win!

Again, thank you to everyone who has followed this blog, Speech Universe on Facebook, TpT, and Pinterest -never did quite get around to tackling Twitter! :)

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Love it & List it: Articulation Apps

Thanks to Jenna over at Speech Room News for hosting another month of her Love it & List it feature!  This month is dedicated to articulation apps.

I love, love, love articulation apps.  They are so versatile.  I often use them in groups, or with my articulation RTI students that I see very quickly a few times a week.  Here are two of my absolute favorites that I definitely use every week:

1.  Articulation Station by Little Bee Speech.  The version I linked to is the free version so you could check it out.  You are able to buy each sound individually for about $2.99 each (range up to $5.99).  This is great to recommend to parents who want an app to work on at home.  They can simply purchase one or two sounds to use as homework (with your guidance of course).  You can also purchase the Pro version for $49.99.  This is expensive, but well worth the price.
I love that with this app you can target specific phonemes in your choice of position in words, phrases, sentences, and stories.  There are also flashcards and memory games that keep students engaged.

2.  Articulate It! by Smarty Ears.

You can buy this complete app for $38.99.  Again, this is a great deal for all that you get with this app.  Articulate It! was recently (Oct. 2013) fully revamped.  So, if you knew this app before that time, please take a second to check out the newest version. 

Articulate It! also offers a variety of sounds in multiple positions of words.  There is also the option of selecting sounds based on phonological processes, manner of articulation, and number of syllables.
You can work on both words and sentences with this app.

Thanks for checking out my favorite articulation apps!

Auditory Zoo: Auditory Memory Activities for Sentences, Riddles, and Stories

Last year, I made some auditory memory activities for the circus and the farm.  My students loved using those cards, and some were asking me for some zoo cards.  Ask and you shall receive!  I have created Auditory Zoo: Auditory Memory Activities for Sentences, Riddles, and Stories.

There are four different activities included in this packet:
Auditory Memory for Sentences

Zoo Riddles

Auditory Memory for Zoo Stories

 Zoo Story Retelling
Here are some pictures of two of the activities in use in my speech room.  The first one is the sentence repetition game.
This second one is my story comprehension cards.  They are 2 or three sentence short stories with comprehension questions.  I printed them front to back so that I could just cut them out.  I set the sheets up so that when you print back to back, the story will print on the back of the picture that matches.

These activities are some of my favorites!  I hope you will like them too!  You can get this packet here: Auditory Zoo: Auditory Memory Activities for Sentences, Riddles, and Stories.
You can also enter to win this product as well as my Circus and Farm auditory memory packets by entering the Rafflecopter below.  The winner will receive all three auditory memory packets- a $12 value!

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Fun With Verbs & Sentences: App Review

I recently had the chance to review a great new app from Hamiguchi Apps.  Their apps are always well thought out, so I was excited to try their newest addition, Fun With Verbs and Sentences.  I was hoping it would be a bit of an extension from their First Phrases app, and I was not disappointed.

The first thing you do is enter your player or players.  You can add members into groups for future use too. 

Next, you click the gear in the top right corner to adjust the settings of the game.  The first button is for Activities.  You can select two different activities: Build a Sentence + Animation (select parts) or Watch & Say (recording page only).

The next setting is Sentence Type.  You can select from four different types: Verb (only), Subject + Verb, Subject + Verb + Object, and Subject + Verb + Prepositional Phrase.  You can also select the subjects.  you can have only pronouns such as he/she, or you can select to use nouns such as the boy/the girl/ the bear.
Next, with Track Progress, you can select whether or not you want the progress tracker on, and also if you want it to display scores.

The Verbs button allows you to select verbs.  You can choose Random, or you can choose Custom.  If you choose custom, you can chose from a list of dozens of different verbs.  You can also choose the Verb Tense.  You can choose from: Present ing form, Past Regular, and Past Irregular.

The Cueing button allows you to choose if you want visual supports allowed, and also if the sentence is modeled by the narrator before animation.

Bubble Game allows you to choose how often you want your student to earn a reinforcing game.  You can choose after each question, after 3 questions, after 5 questions, after 10 questions, or no reward at all.

In the settings area, you can also choose if you want the text on or off, and the recording on or off.

Now, you are ready to play! 

If you chose the Build a Sentence + Animation activity, you will follow these steps: (for this example I am using the sentence form Subject + Verb + Prepositional Phrase)

Choose who you want in the sentence.

Choose what you want the character to do.
Based on the verb you chose, you will need to make a selection of the noun you want the character to use.

After you make your selections, the narrator will state the sentence, and then an animation of the sentence is shown.  I chose "The bear is climbing a tree."

After the animation, the app takes you to a recording page.  Students are encouraged to record the sentence they created while an animation of their sentence is happening in the box.  The question, "What is happening?" is asked.  There are also the three circles available under the animation to cue each part of the sentence.  Students tap the circle to see the picture, and then tap again to hear the words.

On the left hand side of the page, there are three data trackers.  When the student uses the selected part of the sentence, you tap the button.  When you are finished with this sentence, you select done, and then press the green arrow to go to the next sentence.

If you chose the Watch and Say activity, students will see a quick animation, and then the app will take you to the recording page.  You just skip the sentence building options.

When you have completed the session, you will select the End Session button at the top of the page.  You will select whether or not you want the data saved.  The session results look like this:

You will get data for overall sentence accuracy, overall verb accuracy, overall object accuracy, and total prepositional phrase accuracy.  You can choose to save the results as a pdf, email results, delete data, or print results (if your iPad is hooked up to a printer).

I think this app was awesome!  It is a great extension for my students who were previously using First Phrases.  The video animations are engaging, and my students really enjoyed choosing all of the options for the sentences.  There are so many options of sentence type, that I know my students will not get bored with this any time soon!

There is a lite version of this app that you can try for FREE for a limited time (until November 22, 2013) after that, it returns to its regular price of $0.99.  Fun With Verbs & Sentences Lite HD

The full version of the this app is currently on sale for $9.99 until November 22, 2013.  After that date, the price returns to $15.99.  You can get it here: Fun With Verbs & Sentences HD